Appeals Court Rejects Florida AG Pam Bondi’s Request to Hold Off On Gay Marriage Rulings

Yesterday, a state appeals court rejected Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's request that state courts stop considering same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether states have the right to ban gay marriage. 

The Miami Herald reports:

Bondi“Upon consideration, appellant’s motions to stay briefing are denied,” the Miami-based Third District Court of Appeal said in a terse ruling Thursday.

“That is the best news of the day. We would have been sitting in limbo for an undetermined amount of time,” said attorney Bernadette Restivo, who represents Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, two Key West bartenders who on July 17 won the right to marry in Monroe County Circuit Court. “Pam Bondi’s stay would have caused enormous irreparable harm to the plaintiffs and others similarly situated. Every day that we move forward in this case will hopefully mean we are moving closer to ending this oppressive discrimination.”

Said Bondi’s spokeswoman Jennifer Meale: “The Court has ruled that the case will move forward, and we will proceed accordingly.”

Following last week's federal court ruling overturning Florida's gay marriage ban, Bondi vowed to continue defending the ban in court, saying "I am just getting started"




  1. Markt says

    Pandering to the Florida conservative base with the “I’m just getting started” line will probably backfire. A good hunk of Florida’s conservatives come from the NE. It’s a different mentality than southern conservatives. Her meanness and stupidity will look worse as time goes on.

  2. Tigernan says

    What kind of AG is this person? I can’t defend this successfully so hold off until the Feds take care of it for me, and I can pretend I did my best. Disgusting.

  3. Jake says

    We just want the marry at least once Pam Bondi. I mean you’re on marriage #3 (I forget, sanctity of marriage woo hoo !) – maybe you forgot how important it is to some people.

  4. Dattexas says

    Ms Biondi, you’re just getting started. We are not. You’re a sellout with no integrity whatsoever, because you know you have no legal chance of winning. You’re appeasing your party. You’re a loser. You always will be.

  5. Robert says

    Not that you’d know any of this if you watched the local news. I’ve tried to find references to these cases, but apparently republican talking points and abandoned puppies are far more important.

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